The Smart­phone Se­ries

10 mod­els an­a­lysed

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In June this year, we had pub­lished In­ter­na­tional Con­sumer Re­search and Test­ing’s (ICRT) test re­port on 16 mod­els of GSM smart­phones based on pa­ram­e­ters that mat­tered to most of us, in­clud­ing ef­fi­ciency, bat­tery life, stor­age ca­pac­ity, de­sign and dura­bil­ity. On the whole, the dilemma to­day is not about should you get a smart­phone; the con­fu­sion is all about which one and for what. To broaden the op­tions, we bring to you another re­port cov­er­ing eight smart­phones and two phablets. This has been com­piled from ICRT’s re­port and other rel­e­vant con­sumer re­ports.

Smart­phones with their ad­vanced op­er­at­ing sys­tems, larger dis­plays, dig­i­tal or vir­tual QW­ERTY key­boards, and other com­puter-like fea­tures are a bet­ter choice for peo­ple who need fre­quent ac­cess to mul­ti­ple email ac­counts, a so­phis­ti­cated or­ga­nizer for ap­point­ments and con­tacts, the abil­ity to open Of­fice doc­u­ments, and In­ter­net-based ser­vices. One com­pelling ad­van­tage of most smart­phones is their abil­ity to ac­cess a host of ap­pli­ca­tions re­lated to pro­duc­tiv­ity tools, shop­ping, mul­ti­me­dia, games, travel, news, weather, so­cial, fi­nance, and so on. Smart­phones such as the iPhone and An­droid-based mod­els are lead­ing the charge.

Ph­ablet (a blend word de­rived from ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’) is a class of smart­phones with screen size be­tween 5 inches and 8 inches and de­signed to in­cor­po­rate or com­ple­ment the func­tions of smart­phones and tablets. Tablet is a gad­get that has a touch­screen in­ter­face and usu­ally mea­sures 8.9 to 10 inches.

We have not given rank­ings to the tested phones and can­not rate any one the best or the worst – a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture or qual­ity of one may be the best,

while it may also have another fea­ture that is be­low par. The pa­ram­e­ters on which this re­port is based in­clude dura­bil­ity, ef­fi­ciency and con­ve­nience, dis­play in gen­eral, key­pad/key­board/touch­screen con­ve­nience, re­spon­sive­ness of the touch­screen, bat­tery run­ning time, pic­ture qual­ity and set­tings of cam­era, sound qual­ity of de­liv­ered head­phone, Web browser con­ve­nience/ In­ter­net use, and fi­nally wa­ter-re­sis­tance test.

Popular, high-pro­file mod­els such as the iPhone, the Mo­torola Droid and the Sam­sung Galaxy com­mand the high­est prices. Luck­ily, though, there are a grow­ing num­ber of less glam­orous, en­try-level smart­phones that can per­form most of the same func­tions for much less, al­beit with lower-speed pro­ces­sors, slower data con­nec­tions, less-ca­pa­ble cam­eras, or lower-res­o­lu­tion dis­plays

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